Recently I was asked a burning question on my blog. “is it possible to make an engagement ring/ wedding set completely out of sea glass?” I thought it sounded like a strange question and I immediately started thinking of ways that it could be done, but was also wondering why. Turns out the person asking the question is highly allergic to all types of metal. What a predicament? I started thinking how frustrating that would be to find a wedding ring that is not metal.
First, I came up with a way that sea glass could be used for such a thing. The top rim of bottles are often found and collected by beachcombers I have quite a few myself. Although this idea would work, I would not recommend it. For a wedding set they would be quite bulky and would not stand the test of time.
After ruling out sea glass, I took it upon myself to find other alternatives for this situation. I am sure she is not the only person with this predicament. Beyond that, brides are thinking more outside the box with their wedding rings. Alternatives to the common wedding rings are becoming more and more popular. You are seeing more wedding rings that are not diamonds. You see more pearls or gemstones now or even sea glass wedding rings like I make. When the entire wedding ring needs to be an alternative material my first thought was ceramic. Ceramic rings are actually very common. They look very similar to titanium or tungsten rings. Although a ceramic ring would work for this problem, in my opinion, they are very masculine looking. You can see them here. So, I came up with three other great materials and fantastic artists that will do the trick.
The first material I found is acrylic, Aubeebop Jewelry in Aberdeen Scotland makes beautiful acrylic rings that would be a great alternative wedding ring. Check out Aubin’s Etsy store where you can special order Acrylic rings.
Another non-metal alternative wedding ring is using wood. I found Stout Woodworks on Etsy they are located in the US and they have high quality wedding ring sets in all different types of wood. See their store on Etsy to special order wooden rings. These wooden wedding rings are a beautiful option for men and women. Some of the rings also have inlays that dress up the ring for an eye catching design.
A third alternative material is porcelain. I found MaaP Studio on Etsy. MaaP located in the UK makes beautiful rings out of porcelain. The rings can vary in color and shape. The medium also gives the opportunity to be very creative in the design. MaaP Studio also makes rings for him. Visit MaaP Studio on Etsy and Facebook. You can also visit their website.
For the bride that likes to think outside the box, these 3 artists and materials would work wonderful for a wedding set. Have I missed any other non metal materials that would work well for wedding rings? Let me know if you think I should add to the list.
All of the artwork and photos are copyright of the artists and have been used with their permission. All of the opinions presented are my own and I was not paid for any type of publicity. These artists were just found with some good ol’ fashion Etsy searching.
Today I am thankful for: Jon winning $107 in gas money on the radio this morning. :)